Latin-Afro-Folk band, The Melodic kicked off their tour at the Santa Ana Constellation Room Nov. 7, just a few days after releasing their album Effa Parade.
With Huw Williams on vocals and guitar , Rudi Schmidt on the Charango and melodica, John Naldrett on bass, Lydia Samuelson melodica and vocals, and James McCandless on drums, they create beautiful symphonies.
They were kind enough to invite me to their show and allow me to interview them before going on stage.
The band is very much influenced by Southern American music as Rudi had spent three months in South America touring with a traditional folk orchestra from Bolivia.
They consider themselves to be folk-pop but with Latin American and Caribbean influences.
The bands energy and chemistry is so natural on stage. It’s as if they aren’t “working” but just hanging out with friends.
“The group has been together for almost a year now, but Rudi and Huw began teaching themselves guitar as schoolboys,” said McCandless.
The Melodic does not fit the stereotype of musicians who didn’t do well in school and just got lucky with music.
All members attended a university, however they later found a different calling in life something that would give them the thrill so many crave out of life.
“I realized I wanted to pursue a career in music after International Relations,” said Rudi.
Music was something that Lydia always held dear to her.
“I knew I wanted to pursue a career in music since I was a child, I started playing the piano at age four,” said Lydia.
Choosing a career in music was not as difficult for the band thanks to their supportive parents who provided them emotional support.
The whole band agreed that they would be excited to work with the famous Manu Chao and Lydia added that she would enjoy doing a collaboration with Beyonce.
The band later reminisced about their craziest experience as a band and hands down opening up for a punk rock band was it.
“The majority of the attendees had wild outfits with crazy tattoos, and we were just there with our folk instruments expecting to get booed off the stage,” said Huw.
“To our surprise they actually liked us and when we told them that we were going to play a love song and to get cozy with your lover everyone started making out,” continued Lydia.
John then brought up a time when a banjo player was trying to replace one of them, lets just say these band members are irreplaceable.
Just when I thought they could not have sound any better after hearing their album I was proven otherwise.
It is not uncommon to attend a show and leave disappointed that the performers did not sound as good live as they did on their album, however, The Melodic surpassed my expectations and proved to be a must see band.
Going on stage the crowd took a great liking for them and as they finished the set, an audience member yelled thank you to the band showing his appreciation.
The band interacted well with the audience never ignoring a fan that came up to them even if they were in a hurry to go to the merchandise table.
Overall their performance was stellar and the only complaint was that the set seemed to go by far too fast; leaving the crowd wanting more.